Metal News for August 4, 2011
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34 news articles posted on this day.
Static-X frontman Wayne Static has announced that he will be releasing a new solo album, titled "Pighammer," on October 4, 2011 through Dirthouse Records. You can view the album's track listing below. Wayne Static commented on the album's theme by saying;
"The Pighammer concept conjures up bizarre images. It’s about a mad plastic surgeon, with a pig fetish, that likes to convert hot chicks into pigs. It is the total opposite if what a plastic surgeon would do. He has this crazy hammer device made from a pig foot. The images of the surgery in the CD package are only a dark comedic visualization of the real theme of the album, which is my transformation."
2. Around The Turn
3. Assassins Of Youth
4. Thunder Invader
5. Static Killer
7. Get It Together
8. Chrome Nation
11. The Creatures Are Everywhere
12. Behind The Sky
U.K. act Dr. Slaggleberry has posted a preview clip online containing new demo tracks. You can check out the preview in the player below. You can also check out more information on the band by heading over to the Dr. Slaggleberry Facebook profile.
Atlanta, Georgia progressive metal act Mastodon has revealed the official track listing for its upcoming new full length album "The Hunter." The album is currently set for a September 27th, 2011 release date and will be available in several different formats.
The track listing for "The Hunter" will run as follows:
1. Black Tongue
2. Curl Of The Burl
5. The Octopus Has No Friends
6. All The Heavy Lifting
7. The Hunter
8. Dry Bone Valley
10. Creature Lives
12. Bedazzled Fingernails
13. The Sparrow
14. The Ruiner (special edition bonus track)
15. Deathbound (special edition bonus track)
German black metal act Der Weg Einer Freiheit has posted the song "Ingrimm" online, which is taken off the band's new EP "Agonie." You can listen to the song in the player below.
The cover artwork for the album is available here, and the "Agonie" track listing is as follows:
1. Der Stille Fluss
4. Die Welt In Mir
Coheed And Cambria has posted the following statement online announcing that is has parted ways with longtime bassist Michael Todd following his recent arrest for robbery.
"After a lot of thought, introspection and discussion, Coheed and Cambria will be continuing our journey without bassist Michael Todd. We have spoken to him and this is a mutual decision between both parties. Michael was a great contributor; our hearts go out to his family and to all those who appreciate his talents. We wish him nothing but the very best.
"We are currently writing and recording songs for a new album, as well as a couple compilations this fall. We are very excited about how the songs are shaping up and can’t wait to share them with you.
"We’d like to thank Wes Styles for filling in for the live gigs in the interim, including the upcoming South America and Mexico shows. A belated thanks to Rob Gill for covering in Boston; and the biggest thank you to all of you for your unwavering support. you for your unwavering support.
"A new chapter awaits."
In the ever-expanding universe of themed Monopoly boards, rock legends AC/DC have now gotten their very own version of the game, which can be seen below. The band also commented on the game:
"There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' when you experience one of the world’s best-selling bands teaming up with the world’s most popular board game bringing you the ultimate AC/DC experience. The AC/DC Collector’s Edition of Monopoly celebrates The Rock N Roll Dream with some of the greatest rock music of the 20th century and beyond. This completely customized game features the band’s most popular albums and locations including Black Ice, Stiff Upper Lip, AC/DC Lane and more, allowing fans to build their own AC/DC empire. Includes 6 custom tokens: Cannon, Bundle of Dynamite, Bell on Fire, Lightning Bolt, Angus’s School Boy Hat, Stacks of Cash."
The AC/DC edition comes after the release last month of a Metallica version of Monopoly, with full details available here.
White Arms of Athena will be dropping the new album "Astrodrama" through Prosthetic Records on August 16th, 2011. The band has now announced several upcoming Texas and California shows in support of the album. Details are as follows:
8/12 Dallas, TX - 1111 Studio Gallery
11/8 Capistrano Beach, CA - Coconuts
11/9 Los Angeles, CA - Three Clubs
11/13 Dallas, TX - The Door
You can check out a teaser trailer for "Astrodrama" here, and the track listing is as follows:
5. Crown Chakra
6. Astral Body
7. In the Encephalon
10. From Now On
New live footage of American thrashers Toxic Holocaust has made its way online. The clip features the band performing its track "War Is Hell" and is taken from the DVD included in the special edition version of Toxic Holocaust's recently released new album "Conjure and Command." You can check out the footage below.
After The Burial has posted its latest music video online for streaming. The video was shot for the track "Your Troubles Will Cease and Fortune Will Smile Upon You" with director Scott Hansen and can be viewed by using the player located below.
Prog-metallers TesseracT have filled their calenders with future tour dates. Before embarking on a massive North American tour with Between the Buried and Me, the UK act hits the road for a European headlining tour. Recently, the band completed an Australian tour.
"Australia was a revelation! We won't lie, it's not easy to get 'down-under'. 25 hours trapped in a tin can, hurtling at 600 miles an hour, 40,000 feet in the air over land and sea with nothing but your fellow passenger's flatulence and airline 'food' for company is hell. But the end goal was SO worth it! We were amazed at the response in each town, especially Melbourne. You guys really made the gig amazing," comments bassist Amos Williams.
"So what's next for us this year? First, we have a European headliner - the Lowering the Tone Tour 2011, with Chimp Spanner and Uneven Structure. Secondly, we return to the US and Canada this October as part of the 'Saints and Sinners' North American Tour. This bill is insane. We're gonna have to really be on the ball every night as the other two bands are masters of tech. After us will be Animals As Leaders. Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes are probably the most exciting guitarists on the scene today. The pair are like aliens with super human skills and innovative ideas. Then headlining will be Between the Buried and Me...Intense and hugely energetic."
"We're so happy to be returning to the US and Canada re-visiting all our North American fans, and hopefully picking up a few new ones along the road!"
Canadian folk metal clan Scythia has announced the band will be pillaging Meow Records on August 7th in Prince George, BC at 4pm in promotion of the upcoming sophomore release "...Of Exile." Scythia will be performing an acoustic set at the store, along with exclusive limited edition copies to be signed before its official release on September 23rd. The band will also be performing that same night (August 7th) in Prince George, BC at Third alongside locals Swamp Monsters and The Non-Sholantz. Details on the acoustic show are as follows:
Date: August 7, 2011
Venue: Third, Address: 1157 3rd Ave
Bands: Scythia w/ Swamp Monsters, The Non-Sholantz
Christian metal act Oh, Sleeper has posted the new song "Endseekers" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band's new album "Children Of Fire" is due out in stores and online September 27th, 2011 via Solid State Records.
The "Children of Fire" track listing is as follows:
2. Shed Your Soul
3. The Marriage of Steel and Skin
4. Hush Yael
5. The Conscience Speaks
6. Dealers of Fame
7. Means To Believe
8. In The Wake of Pigs
9. Claws of a God
10. The Family Ruin
11. Chewing The Stitch
12. Children of Fire
August Burns Red has posted footage online of the group's trek to Alaska, which can be viewed below. The band is touring in support of the new album "Leveler." You can also check out a music video from the album, titled "Internal Cannon," by heading over here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Internal Cannon
4. Cutting the Ties
6. Carpe Diem
7. 40 Nights
8. Salt & Light
9. Poor Millionaire
11. Boys of Fall
Footage has been posted online (courtesy of YouTube user oxlodapac) of Fates Warning performing live in Athens on August 2nd, 2011. You can check out the first clip below and the second after the jump.
New York City hardcore act Madball is heading out on the band's upcoming August tour next week. The run of dates kicks off in St. Louis, MO on August 8th and will run through the Midwest, ending in Philadelphia, PA on August 14th at “This Is Hardcore” Fest. See below for all current tour dates.
8/08 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
8/09 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
8/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
8/11 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar
8/12 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick – “Fucking Awesome Fest”
8/13 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop
8/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom – “This Is Hardcore”
Madball is touring in support of the band's latest album "Empire."
NYKTA has announced the signing of Finland's Graveborne for the release of the band's "Pure Negativity" album. A teaser for the album can be found below, and the label also commented on the band:
"‘Pure Negativity’ is the debut album of Finnish black metal outfit, Graveborne, founded in 2008 by guitarist Marchosias and drummer Pentele. Graveborne previously released one demo in 2009 entitled ‘Astride Over the Grave’, subsequently reissued on 10? vinyl by Floga Records. ‘Astride Over the Grave’ obtained very positive reviews, with the music described as raw, fast, and even catchy black metal reminiscent of Marduk, Gorgoroth, Impaled Nazarene, early Emperor and Immortal.
"2009 and 2010 saw Graveborne morph into a more hideous beast; Raato replaced Raivo on vocal duties, Graveborne performed an assortment of high-intensity live shows including Nummirock 2010, and then started to compose, rehearse and record the material for ‘Pure Negativity’.
"Musically, ‘Pure Negativity’ delivers a much wider spectre of darkness than ‘Astride Over the Grave’ due to the cohesive and synergistic involvement of Marchosias, Pentele, Brutalust and Kalmo in crafting the songs. The blast beats are still there, faster than before, and the atmosphere still raw and gripping; Graveborne’s evolution is evidenced through heightened song structure complexity and development. The lyrical themes of the album dwell in different forms of negativity such as anti-Christian and anti-religious revelations, loss of faith, hope and humanity, despair, depression and suicide."
Chimaira has announced the band's new release "The Age Of Hell" will hit the U.S. this August 16th, 2011. "Words can't express what it took to create this album. We hope you love it as much as we do. Turn it up loud, this is Chimaira at it's finest." says frontman Mark Hunter.
The band has now posted a teaser trailer online for the album, which can be viewed below. Chimaira also recently posted the new song "Born in Blood" online. You can check out the track here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Age Of Hell
3. Losing My Mind
4. Time Is Running Out
5. Year Of The Snake
6. Beyond The Grave
7. Born In Blood
10. Trigger Finger
LocalBozo.com has posted a video interview online with Machine Head's Dave McClain, which was conducted at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival. You can check out the clip below.
Machine Head's upcoming album is titled "Unto the Locust," and the track listing and artwork can be viewed below. More...
Hailing from the streets of Brooklyn, New York, Hull has yet again emerged with the band's latest album "Beyond The Lightless Sky." The album's track listing and artwork are available below. "Beyond The Lightless Sky" will be released on October 11th, 2011 via The End Records.
1. Earth From Water
2. Just A Trace of Early Dawn
3. Beyond The Lightless Sky
4. Curling Winds
5. Fire Vein
6. Wake The Heavens, Reveal The Sun
7. False Priest
8. A Light That Shone From Aside The Sea
9. In Death, Truth
Sick Drummer has posted drum cam footage online of Powerglove's Bassil Silver performing on the Summer Slaughter tour on July 28th, 2011 at The Ace of Spades in Sacramento. You can check out the clip below.
Powerglove also recently posted a music video online for the song "Batman," which can be found at this location.
Ura-Kia, which features Hydrogyn guitarist Jeff Westlake, has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming self-titled album. You can check out the clip below.
The new album is set for release on August 9th, and the band will also release a music video for the song "Save Our Souls" on the same day.
Relapse Records has now posted its 13th podcast online, which highlights brand new songs from Relapse artists, exclusive interviews, and classic Relapse tracks. You can check out the Podcast here.
This month's podcast features an exclusive interview with Jamey Jasta of Kingdom Of Sorrow, which is on tour now as part of the massive Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The podcast also includes brand new music from Toxic Holocaust, Brutal Truth, Hail!Hornet, Revocation, and more. The songs appearing on the audio file are as follows:
Toxic Holocaust – “Bitch"
Revocation – “No Funeral”
Hail!Hornet – “Shoot The Pigs”
Dying Fetus – “Fade Into Obscurity”
Unkind – “Harhakuvat”
Fuck the Facts – “The Pile of Flesh You Carry”
Kingdom of Sorrow – “God’s Law in the Devil’s Land”
Red Fang – “Through” (No Talent Cover)
Brutal Truth – “Fuck Cancer”
Cephalic Carnage – “Black Metal Sabbath”
Origin – “Mental Torment”
Daylight Dies – “Unending Waves”
Nile – “Sarcophagus”
Australian act Eyefear has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming "The Inception of Darkness" album:
"Greetings all, we are proud to announce our first show for the year. Details below. After a very long break from the live circuit we are really looking forward to performing a new song or 2 off our soon to be released new CD The Inception Of Darkness.
"Recording now is at it's final stages and at the end of the month Tommy Hansen (Jailhouse Studio's) will mix and master. Horns Up."
The organizers of the upcoming Mountains of Death festival have checked in with the following update about the band lineup:
"The following bands are completing the line-up of Mountains of Death 2011: Incinerate (US), Modus Delicti (IT), To Violently Vomit (US), and Putrid Pile (US).
"All those who are giving themselves the trouble to check out the links on the billing list might wonder about the myspace address of To Violently Vomit... behind this name stands nobody less than the singular, legendary and since 1992 acitve Disgorge from San Diego... or at least the greater part of them! All the rest about disturbances and stories about the band you can read at another place and would go beyond the scope of this note.
"Almost unavoidable, there are some line-up changes. The following bands are not able to play: Ancient Necropsy (CO) and Ingurgitating Oblivion (DE)"
Spawn of Possession vocalist Dennis Röndum recently conducted an interview with Metalbay.net to discuss the band's upcoming album, which will be the follow-up to "Noctambulant." An excerpt from the interview follows:
MB: What can fans expect to hear in the new album? What differences/similarities can we expect?
Dennis: I think this new album is quite an extension of the creativity that Spawn of Possession encompasses. In comparison to the previous releases it feels much broader and epic this time around. We’ve tampered a bit with structures and things like that just to mix it up and to bring more nuances into the music. The good old Spawn grooves are definitely still there but with a new set of twists and turns. Another major factor is that there have been some serious line-up changes since Noctambulant. Compared to the old setting we have three new guys in the band that consists of Erlend Caspersen on bass, Henrik “Morris” Schönström on drums and Christian Muenzner on guitar. The only originals are I and Bryss and I’ve stepped down from the drums to focus solely on the vocals. We’re right in the middle of recording this album so it’s kind of hard to describe it since it’s still unfolding in the studio. All I can say for sure is that this album will lift some eye brows and make some jaws drop when it hits the streets.
MB: Will the music still fall on the technical side?
Dennis: Well first of all I have to say that we’ve never put the technical aspect in front of the music. In other words we would never make a song or a riff abnormally technical just for the sake of it. We’re all about writing good solid music and the whole tech thing is just a part of our style since we don’t really hold back any tools. But to answer your question this album will generally be just as tech as anything we’ve done in the past, probably even a bit more here and there.More...
Sweden's Sister is a group that produces sleaze punk influenced metal, and the four member group of Jamie, Lestat, Rikki, and Cari have now released the new album "Hated," which was mixed by Tobias Lindell. Metalunderground.com caught up with Jamie (vocals) and Lestat (guitar) to talk more about the band and the new release. More...
Germany's Dawn of Destiny has announced it will be supporting Axxis on upcoming German and Swiss tour dates. The currently announced details are as follows:
09.09.2011 D - 74196 Neuenstadt-Heilbronn/ Stadthalle
15.09.2011 D - München/ Garage Deluxe
16.09.2011 D - 93133 Burglengenfeld/ Pfarrheim Veranstaltungszentrum
17.09.2011 D - Osnabrück/ New Ballroom
18.09.2011 D - Hamburg/ Logo
30.09.2011 CH - Pratteln/ Galery Music Bar
You can also check out Dawn of Destiny's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Iceland's Solstafir, which recently signed with Season of Mist, has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Svartir Sandar" and will come as a 2-disc set. The cover artwork and track listing can be viewed below.
Disc 1 "Andvari":
Ljós í Stormi
Disc 2 "Gola":
Finland's Amorphis, which recently announced more upcoming Finnish tour dates, has posted drum cam footage online of Jan Rechberger performing at the Tuska Open Air festival on July 24th in Helsinki. You can check out the footage below.
Amorphis is currently performing in support of the band's latest album "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here).
U.S. black metal act Falls of Rauros is currently streaming the band's entire new album "The Light That Dwells In Rotten Wood" online. Head over to Brooklyn Vegan's website here to check out the tracks from the album.
The track listing and artwork for "The Light That Dwells In Rotten Wood" can be viewed below.
1. Earth's Old Timid Grace
3. Awaiting the Fire or Flood That Awakes It
4. Nonesuch River Chant
6. The Cormorants Shiver on Their Rocks More...
Sabaton is set to release "World War Live: Battle Of The Baltic Sea" on August 5th, 2011. The band has now posted a teaser trailer online for the release, which can be viewed below. Sabaton also recently posted online the song "Swedish Pagans," which is taken from the new album.
Andrew 'Mac' McDermott, the former lead singer of British heavy metal outfit Threshold, passed away yesterday in England. A condolence page has been set up for the vocalist, which you can visit by clicking here. McDermott has reportedly been suffering from "serious health problems" for a while, which resulted in him leaving the band Powerworld in June. The cause of death is presently unknown.
McDermott was best known for his tenure as the vocalist for Threshold, a position he held from 1998's, "Clone" album to 2007's, "Dead Reckoning." He also spent time with German metal band Sargent Fury in the early 90's and most recently was part of the band Swamp Freaks.
After two months of recording, two shows in Dubai, and another month of mixing, Kuwaiti melodic death metal act Voice of the Soul will be releasing the band's third upcoming EP, "Into Oblivion," on August 5th, 2011.
The six track EP consists of 5 original songs ("Immolation," "Guardians Of Genocide," "Pandemonium," "Cast Away In Betrayal," "Wither") and an extra cover track ("Under A Serpent Sun" from At The Gates).
"Into Oblivion" was recorded and mastered by Sajid "Sarj" Masood at Sarj's Studio, in Kuwait, with Steve de Pina (keyboardist/folk instrumentalist of Riddare Av Koden) on keyboards in the introduction of "Wither" as a guest musician. A preview for the EP is available below.
Voice of the Soul was also covered in a previous edition of our "Unearthing the Underground" column focusing on bands from Kuwait, which can be found here.
New Jersey's The Binary Code has posted a brand new pre-production track titled "Dark Meditations" online via the band's Facebook page. Head over here to check out the song.
Two other pre-production tracks, "Unexist" and "Trees 100 Feet Underwater," were also posted by the band on Facebook earlier this summer. All three tracks come from an as-of-yet untitled album tentatively set to be recorded later this year and released in early 2012, and have been uploaded by the band to give fans an early taste of what's in store.
The upcoming new full-length album will be Binary Code's first since 2009's "Suspension of Disbelief," with the "Priest" EP being released in the summer of 2010.